Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Shuttling the Shuttle

My fellow Los Angeles correspondent Virginia Hein sketched Endeavor in its permanent home at California Science Center. (Thanks, Virginia!)

Before it got there, the shuttle was flown on top of a modified Boeing 747, with two escort jets by its side. This was as close as I got to see the shuttle on its last flight between going to work and running errands, unfortunately. The shuttle and its carrier looked like a large gray bird flying in the haze.

I then found that the shuttle was parked in Inglewood late at night before its long journey to the Science Center began. I inched my way to the front of the crowd to get a closer to Endeavor this time - it was awe-inspiring to see two Southern Californian icons - Randy's Donuts and the space shuttle - side by side. A plane heading to LAX passed by from time to time, the smell of donuts filled the air, and helicopters with cameras buzzed overhead. Someone shouted, "Once in a lifetime, y'all!", and he was right.

Hope I get to visit and sketch it in more detail soon!



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